Call for Abstracts

Deadline for presentations and for posters: 18 April 2017                                                                          

Download the Call for Abstracts here (PDF)

 Prepared for the future?

Official statistics rise to the challenge

The only thing constant in the universe is change. This was the conclusion that the Greek philosopher Heraclitus of Ephesus (540-480 BC) came to a very long time ago.

What changes are taking place in official statistics today? Increasing complexity, new challenges, e.g. digitalisation, big data, resources or users' ever-changing needs? What new opportunities and possibilities are now open to official statistics? As stakeholders of official statistics, how do we set ourselves up for the future? How can we ensure that we carry out our mandate to the best of our ability and optimise the resources available to us?

What do you do to tackle challenges optimally? Show us how you are preparing for the future, ideally giving an example.

The call for abstracts may cover the following topics:

PRODUCTION PROCESS (new technologies, etc.)

  • Modernisation/automation of the statistical production, e.g. standards, best practice
  • Development of new data sources, big data, crowdsourcing, web scraping
  • Linking and transparency of data (linked data, open data)
  • Dissemination and communication (e.g. new dissemination channels, new possibilities for visualisation)

STRATEGY (Organisation, business processes, etc.)

  • Cooperation and coordination between statistical offices or with third parties (academics, politics, data providers etc.)
  • Cooperation models (progressive thinking in functional areas, cross-border international cooperation)
  • Quality and know-how management (quality standards, quality measurement criteria e.g. traceability, reproduction etc.)
  • Open science


  • Change in user needs, e.g. indicator systems, impact analyses, scenarios, OGD, etc.
  • Better exploitation of existing potential
  • Control information versus post-factual trends in politics (control based on feelings instead of facts)


Papers can be presented in French, German or English. The title of the presentation you send us will determine the language that it is given in. Once sent to us, this cannot be changed.

Your paper can be submitted in one of two ways:

  • 20 minute presentation (15 minutes presentation and 5 minutes for questions)
  • Poster presentation (please note: you are free to choose your own topic for the poster presentations)
 Please use the Word template available here.

Please email us the proposal for your paper with title and abstract (max. one page of A4) and the desired format (poster or presentation) by May 8th to the following address: Swiss Statistical Society (SSS): This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Deadline for presentations and for posters: 18 April 2017

 The organising committee will inform you by the end of May 2017 as to whether your paper has been accepted.

Download the Call for Abstracts here (PDF)